Re: The Boys in the Band
Posted by RonSmith on 11/16/2017, 6:25 am, in reply to "The Boys in the Band"
It's an outstanding book. And he's a nice guy. |
As for his "troubles", he got a raw deal. Yes, Bob was a womanizer, despite being married. A lot of newspapermen are. His "crime" was asking out a young woman he had interviewed previously for an article when she was 17. When he asked her out, the story was finished and she was 18. There was no sex. Pretty tame by today's standards and hardly a violation of media ethics (if there is such a thing any more). But the Tribune company threw the book at him (and I don't mean "Surf City").
When I think of the paper across town that stood by a drunken wife-beater while he got help, I have to think that someone was out to "get" Bob. It's a shame. Because he wrote some of the best newspaper columns in Chicago about the human condition. He wasn't afraid to take on judges to help the little guy. I once read one of his columns over-the-air when I was a morning DJ. And all his books are great reading.
: I just finished reading Bob Greene's book
: "When We Get To Surf City..."
: While it is ostensibly about Jan & Dean
: and their band on the road, it really is
: about so much more. Greene, notwithstanding
: his own troubles, is a gifted storyteller
: with the ability to describe a situation
: using the minimum amount of words. The
: glamour of the road is stripped away and
: replaced by the humanity and friendship of
: the boys in the band. A very easy read that
: brings back great memories thru the songs of
: our youth.